The port also moved approximately 535,000 auto units in this period, an increase of 7% over the same time in FY18. JAXPORT’s fiscal year runs Oct. 1 - Sept. 30.

JAXPORT’s Asian container volumes also continued to increase, up by 8% so far in FY19, with over 334,000 Asian containers moved.

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Demand for JAXPORT’s strategic location and fast access to 70 million US consumers is driving expansion in the container and auto sectors. Port tenant SSA Atlantic wants to break ground on a $238.7 million container terminal at the port’s Blount Island Marine Terminal and the federal project to deepen the Jacksonville shipping channel to 47 feet is ahead of schedule, with expected completion in 2023, based on continued funding from all partners.

What is more, the port recently reached a long-term agreement with automobile processor AMPORTS to expand the company’s leasehold at JAXPORT to a total of 170 acres. AMPORTS leases property at the port’s Blount Island and Dames Point marine terminals, while it also has plans to establish an additional 45 acres at Dames Point by 2023.